Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Theology (ThD)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

James Voelz

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Romans 7:7-25; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Luke 2:40-42; Genesis 3:22; Galatians 1:13-14; Philippians 3:4-6; 2 Timothy 3:15; Genesis 3:13; Exodus 20:17; Galatians 2:15-21;


The purpose here is not merely "to spill more ink.” Rather, it is to address approaches to and facets of these issues which have not yet been adequately considered or appreciated. This thesis proposes to answer the questions surrounding the identity, the spiritual condition, and the purpose of the "I" in Romans 7. It will arrive at its conclusions by means of an exegetical study of Romans 7, through an analysis of Paul's use of the first person singular in his letters, and on the basis of Pauline theology as a whole.

In order to provide the necessary background for this study, the first chapter of this thesis will enumerate the various identifications of the "I" in Romans 7 which have been proposed. Both the complexity and the significance of the questions under consideration here are evidenced by the sheer number of answers which have been given to them. As a result, it will not be possible to conduct a complete historical survey. The overview provided here will concentrate upon the answers which have been given in contemporary scholarship.

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